individuals and systems

Thu, 24 Apr 1997 12:10:00 -0500 (EST)
s_sanderson (

Bruce McFarling is quite right to say that SOME selfish interests are socially
constructed. As I said earlier, social systems can partially reconstitute
individuals and what they consider their interests to be.
But there are a number of
interests which are innate and universal. Economic self-interest is the most
critical of these. People everywhere have an innate desire for a good standard
of living and behave in ways so as to produce that. Humans also have innate
sexual interests. And so on. These kinds of interests are fundamental to the
construction of societies and cultures.

Stephen Sanderson